Washington Attorneys Advise Clients Seeking Civil Annulment of Their Marriage
Skilled Tacoma lawyers represent husbands and wives who believe their union is invalid
People often mistakenly think that civil annulment allows a newlywed couple to change their mind and legally reverse their marriage. This is not the case; the knowledgeable family lawyers at Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C. can explain who might be eligible for annulment under Washington law. We have more than ample experience in Washington family law. If a legal flaw does exist in your union, we can help you pursue an annulment.
Assistance with potential legal grounds to undo your marriage
Our Tacoma lawyers will examine your situation to help determine if your union can be annulled. Though jurisdictions differ, common legal justifications can include:
- Fraud: Misrepresentation of a material fact can be grounds for annulment. This can include lying about the ability to parent children or consummate the marriage.
- Age or mental capacity: If one party was underage at the time of the marriage or lacked the requisite mental state to make such a commitment, an annulment might be possible.
- Duress: When someone is forced or threatened into getting married, that does not constitute legal consent.
- Bigamy: If it is discovered that one spouse was already married when the wedding occurred, that is grounds for annulment even if the spouse was not aware of that fact.
Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C. attorneys are experienced in all types of marital litigation and can advise you on your options.
Knowledgeable counselors to guide you through the annulment process
After a detailed review of your situation, we can help determine the likelihood of success for an annulment petition. Unlike divorce, which ends a marriage, annulment is a determination that a legitimate marriage never existed. However, annulment does not affect issues relating to child support or parentage.